Charlie Palmer pleased as battling Belper Town secure draw

Charlie Palmer in the soaking rain. Pic by Tim Harrison.
Charlie Palmer in the soaking rain. Pic by Tim Harrison.

Boss Charlie Palmer praised his team’s impressive work-rate as they secured a battling 0-0 draw in tough conditions against Lincoln United.

Heavy rain throughout the entire 90 minutes made life difficult for both sides, but Palmer was impressed by how his side handled the occasion.

He said: “The pitch held up but the wet conditions made it difficult, people who have been watching our games recently know that I want us to play football but in a game like that you can only play football in right areas.

“We showed some threat with Stevo (Rob Stevenson), he caused them problems none stop when we got the ball out to him.

“It would have obviously been nice for him to score or create one to give us the three points, but I have got to be impressed with the clean sheet.”

Palmer also felt a draw was a fair result as both teams struggled to create chances.

“I said to my players before the game it is not going to be a free flowing game, it is going to be about which group of players roll their sleeves up and put a shift in,” he added.

“Work ethic was always going to be essential and after the first 10-15 minutes I think my players recognised what I said and took it onboard.

“It was always going to be a tight game and not one where you play your pretty football.

“We dug deep and created some chances but Lincoln always looked dangerous from set-pieces, but a draw was a fair result.

“We have had two good wins on the bounce and obviously everyone was expecting another win. We were playing a decent team they have brought a couple of players in, we know they would play some good football and it was always going to be a challenge in those conditions.”

Despite the draw Belper remain unbeaten in their last three games and travel to Kidsgrove on Saturday with confidence.